When I took up the position I started to write in earnest, looking towards forthcoming events that the church was hosting (very much a community hub since recent redevelopment of the area). So in the first few weeks I have had one poem (about the church clock) printed in a newsletter for the congregation and another (inspired by a Jazz concert) printed in the city’s daily newspaper. I also did two interviews on local radio that were (to be honest) less than successful. On the Peterborough Breakfast Show (on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire) the DJ started an argument about the correct pronunciation of scone. I then read my poem to the coffee shop. The following weekend I was then interviewed on Radio Cambridgeshire’s Sunday Breakfast religious affairs show. “Do you have a faith?” the presenter asked. “No, I’m an Atheist,” I replied. Then she moved on with, “You’re not actually in residence at the church, are you?”, “No,” I retorted, “they take a dim view of me sleeping in the porch at night!”. I then read a poem for the craft fair that is held at the church once a month.
So that’s before my first month has been completed. I have some rough ideas for the rest of the year. Whether I get a chance to do them, well, I hope I get to let you know!